The North Dakota Safety
Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants,
donations, memberships and training. Our mission is to save lives by preventing
injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and
communities. With 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all
industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices
all across North Dakota.
New Members as of
Energy Transfer Partners
OK Tire, Inc
United Team Mechanical
Renewing Members as of
June 1, 2018
A Step Ahead Learning Center
Andeavor Dickinson Refinery
Associated General Contractors of ND
B & B Electrical
Bektrom Foods, Inc
Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel
BNSF - Fort
Brink Constructors, Inc
Central Specialties, Inc
Chiller Systems Inc
City of Maddock
Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Degelman Industries USA
Ditch Witch of North Dakota
Dowco Valve Co Inc.
Edsons Construction LLC
Electric Scientific Co
Fuchs North America
General Equipment & Supplies
GW & Sons Construction, Inc.
Heritage Electric, Inc
Engineering & Surveying
Hlebechuk Construction, Inc.
on The Range
Interstates Construction Services, Inc.
Lignite Energy Council
M J Electric, LLC
McKenzie Electric Cooperative
Plumbing & Heating
ND State Electrical Board
Northern Plains Heating and Air
Plains All American Pipeline
Six D Construction
Southwest Water Authority
SRT Communications, Inc.
Straightway Construction, Inc
Tecta America Dakotas, LLC
TEK Energy Services
Thorpe Plant Services
Trail King Industries
UND Energy & Research
Wanzek Construction, Inc.
John Renaud's Story of Safety: "Not Today"
took three scrapers hooked up in tandem and one scraper attached to the “dozer”
via steel-stranded cable to pull the behemoth out of the mud. Once the dozer was
on firm ground, the plan was to unhook the heavy cable from the dozer and let
the scraper haul it out of the way. But, given the stiff mud caked around the
hook on the side of the dozer blade, the cable held fast. Renaud sent another
operator to fetch a shovel. Now alone, Renaud continued to wrestle with the
cable. Suddenly, the worst happened.
“I could see the back tires on the
scraper spinning, trying to get traction, and suddenly the cable tightened,” he
recalled. “It spun me around and cinched me, slamming the front part of my body
against the steel dozer blade as the 1,000 horsepower machine continued to
pull.” Recognizing the emergency, the other operators on site called the “all
Within a matter of seconds Renaud’s body sustained
massive injuries. His entire pelvis was crushed, the left side of it
fractured where the sacrum meets the iliac. His right femur, or upper leg bone,
was severed and, when Renaud hobbled out of harm’s way once there was slack in
the cable, the bone’s jagged edge is what likely severed his femoral artery. He
lost six units of blood.
Read John's full story here.
OL of the Dakotas Reminds
to Stay Alert at Railroad Crossings
June 11, 2018 -- In North Dakota,
there was a 26% increase in highway-rail grade crossing collisions from 2016 to
2017.* In addition, crossing fatalities increased from 1 to 4 over the same
period. Operation Lifesaver of the Dakotas is hosting a safety blitz this week
to educate the public on the importance of safety at railroad crossings.
During Operation Lifesaver safety presentations,
one of the messages focuses on the disproportionate weight ratio of a car
compared to a train.
“When it comes to a collision between a car and a
train, it’s no contest. Trains are made of solid steel and weigh an average of
6,000 tons. A car weighs one and half tons and is made of steel, plastic, and
rubber,” says Kathy Zander, OL of the Dakotas state coordinator.
This week, OL of the Dakotas is focusing their
safety efforts in northwest North Dakota. The main audience is professional
“When you have a vehicle carrying hazardous
materials, the impact of a collision could be much greater,” says Zander. “Plus,
very often these drivers are on the road seven days a week. More hours on the
road obviously means a greater chance of them crossing paths with a train. Plus,
they’re more susceptible to growing complacent.”
The goal of this week’s safety efforts is to
prevent incidents by reminding drivers to stay alert when approaching a
highway-rail grade crossing. The program’s motto is simple: See tracks? Think
OL of the Dakotas reminds all drivers of these simple safety tips:
- Be aware that trains can’t stop quickly
- a freight train moving at 55 mph can take a mile or more to stop.
- Never drive around lowered gates
– it’s illegal and potentially deadly.
- Don’t get trapped on the tracks –
proceed through a crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the
crossing by 15 feet without stopping.
- At a multiple-track crossing, wait for the
first train to pass and then watch for a second train on the other
track, approaching from either direction.
- Always expect a train – freight
trains do not follow set schedules.
Partners in this week’s safety blitz include
Amtrak, Canadian Pacific Railway, Federal Railroad Administration, North Dakota
Department of Transportation, North Dakota Highway Patrol, North Dakota Public
Service Commission, North Dakota Safety Council, and Strata Corporation.
Volunteers will be hosting events in Minot,
Stanley, Williston, Beulah, and Bismarck. They are also calling on businesses,
schools, or community organizations to schedule a safety presentation. The
presentations are free and can be customized for any age or profession.
To learn more or to schedule a free presentation,
www.ndsc.org/operationlifesaver. To share
safety tips with your friends and family go to
2018 Trench Safety Stand Down
Two workers are killed every month in
trench collapses around the United States. That is why the National Utility
Contractors Association (NUCA) and the North American Excavation Shoring
Association (NAXSA) are sponsoring a trench safety stand down to protect workers
from trenching hazards.
May 31, 2018 –
The Safety Stand-Down, endorsed by the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is scheduled for
June 18-23. The week-long voluntary event is an opportunity for
employers to talk directly to employees about trench safety. Help prevent
trench-related injuries and fatalities on your worksites by educating your
workers with these free resources:
Safety Fact Sheet
Find additional Stand-Down resources
NUCA will provide a Certificate of Participation to all
participating companies as well as publish a list of the organizations which
held stand downs on their website and in their publications.
Completion Forms and any questions you may have to
NDSC Partners With State Farm to
Offer Teen Driver Safety Courses
June 11, 2018 - Teen drivers
account for only five percent of licensed North Dakota drivers, yet they account
for nearly 20 percent of all crashes. In an effort to keep young drivers safe,
the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) and State Farm have partnered to teach
the Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course at a significant discount.
Alive at 25 is a highly interactive 4.5-hour program targeted toward drivers
between the ages of 14 and 24. The course is normally offered for $55, but
thanks to a grant provided by State Farm, the following courses will be offered
for only $20:
• Bismarck – Sunday, July 29
• Minot – Sunday, August 5
Alive at 25 helps young drivers take greater responsibility for their driving
behaviors, provides tools for making positive choices, and focuses on behavior,
judgment, decision making, and consequences.
For more information about
the Alive at 25 program, or to register, go to our
Training Registration Page or call 800-932-8890.
OSHA, Industry Representatives
Address Trenching Deaths in North Dakota
May 4, 2018 -- Throughout the
United States, two workers are killed every month in trench
collapses. One of OSHA’s Priority Goals for 2018 is to reduce
trenching and excavation hazards. To address this safety concern
in North Dakota, a coalition of trench training partners have
formed a Safety Alliance with the Region VIII Bismarck OSHA
office. The Safety Alliance will provide employers and workers
with information, guidance, and training resources that will
assist them with reducing exposure to trenching and
Safety Alliance members include OSHA, WSI, North
Dakota Safety Council, ABC of North Dakota, AGC of North Dakota,
Bakken Basin Consortium, Energy Coalition for Contractor Safety,
North Dakota One Call, and the MONDAKS Safety Network.
As members of the alliance, all agree to
collaborate on the development and communication of training and
education programs for the construction and energy services
industries, and to initiate awareness efforts with their members
throughout the two year agreement.
OSHA will support the members’ efforts by providing
training to members’ inspectors and auditors on identifying
trench hazards; providing outreach activities and presentations
relating to trenching and excavating; and assisting with the
development of training materials, hazard warnings, and safety
New Partnerships Benefit NDSC
17, 2018 - The NDSC has formed partnerships with two new organizations
to provide discounts to our members:
MSDSonline: NDSC Members can now
save 5% on MSDSonline’s award winning services. If you’re looking for a way to
simplify your SDS management, this could be the solution for you. To learn more
about this service,
sign up for an upcoming webinar or login to the
NDSC Members Only Area. For a quote or to schedule a demo, contact Jonathan
Columbia Southern University: The
NDSC is now a Columbia Southern University Learning Partner, meaning our members
receive tuition discounts, exclusive scholarship opportunities, and more!
Learn about this NDSC member-exclusive benefit here.
To access your NDSC Member Benefits, login to the
NDSC Members Only Area.
Forgot your password?
Are You Receiving Our Email
The NDSC sends out relevant safety and training
information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some
companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email
service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have
signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS TO UNBLOCK INCOMING NDSC EMAILS.
If you would like to receive our email updates but are not currently signed up,
please sign up today! We offer information including monthly training updates,
NDSC Quarterly Newsletters, and relevant safety news updates.
The North Dakota Safety Council provides
safety training and services across the state, including the
cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks,
Jamestown, Minot and Williston.